In an effort to shine a light on the major reform issues facing the next Governor of Illinois, the Better Government Association and Reboot Illinois asked candidates in the upcoming general election to respond to the 2014 BGA/Reboot Governor Candidate Questionnaire.

All three of the current candidates (from the Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian Parties) in the November 4 election have responded to the questionnaire, which consists of six short essay questions. The questionnaire focuses primarily on an array of timely “reform” issues that are of interest to the BGA, Reboot Illinois constituencies and the general public. Democratic candidate and current Governor Pat Quinn and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner each responded to a primary election candidate questionnaire in February, which can be found here. (Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm had not yet announced his candidacy for governor.)

The BGA is a non-partisan and non-profit government watchdog organization that seeks to hold public officials accountable through investigative reporting. Another major aspect of the BGA’s mission is encouraging openness, debate and discussion of major issues through policy advocacy and community engagement.

Reboot Illinois is a non-partisan digital and social media firm that provides information and online tools designed to raise awareness and citizen involvement in key issues including: the state’s economic environment, jobs climate, corruption, education and politics.

Neither organization endorses political candidates.

By responding to the 2014 BGA/Reboot Governor Candidate Questionnaire, the gubernatorial hopefuls contribute to a robust exchange of ideas about important subjects and community issues that will undoubtedly help shape Illinois’ future.

The BGA and Reboot Illinois have not edited the candidates’ responses, which are published exactly as they were submitted.